New year’s reading (aka weekend reading)

This is the last reading list of the year and  probably the last post, so I would like to wish to all of my readers, a happy new year of 2k6.

Microsoft Application Analzyer 2006 for Lotus Domino Beta

Microsoft released today the Beta version of the new tool Microsoft Application Analzyer 2006 for Lotus Domino. It’s the most recent weapon in the Messaging & Collaboration war between Microsoft and the big blue.

The Microsoft Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Notes/Domino is a tool that is used to help size and scope a Lotus Notes/Domino application migration project. The tool will analyze Lotus Domino applications, provide reports about application characteristics and recommend possible target solutions on the Microsoft Collaboration Platform.

Christmas reading (aka weekend reading)

Here’s the recommended reading, if you have the time between the new XBOX 360 games and playing around with that iPod nano someone offered you:

Creating an Active Directory Site for Exchange Server

Creating an Active Directory Site for Exchange Server is a document from Microsoft IT with detailed discussion and procedures on how they created a dedicated Active Directory services site to optimize the performance of Exchange Server 2003. The document was originally published on December 2004 and has been recently updated.

Heavy messaging load within Microsoft requires high performing and highly available Active Directory servers to help satisfy the service level agreements (SLAs) for mailbox servers, public folder servers, Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) and routing group bridgehead servers, and Exchange front-end servers. Microsoft IT outlines steps for creating a dedicated Active Directory site for large enterprise data centers where Exchange data is located.

IMF update for Exchange 2003 on Microsoft Update


Almost a year later then announced, today the first bi-weekly Intelligent Message Filter (SPAM filter) update appeared on Microsoft Update.
The filter appeared on WSUS 2 days ago, it is scheduled to appear bi-weekly on Wednesdays, unless it is not ready.
Be sure to read KB at source for more info!

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB905648)

Microsoft released yesterday the December update for the Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter.

This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.

The update is available here or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

Exchange Configuration and Operations Issues Detected by ExRAP

Exchange Configuration and Operations Issues Detected by ExRAP it’s a document recently published by Microsoft which enumerates the most common configuration and operation problems found by the Exchange Server Risk Assessment and Health Check Program (ExRAP).

The Exchange Center of Excellence (ECoE) administers the Microsoft® Exchange Server Risk Assessment and Health Check Program (ExRAP) at Microsoft. An ExRAP engagement provides a detailed on-site technical and operational analysis of a large Exchange deployment. This Note details the most common issues and overlooked vulnerabilities found so far during ExRAP engagements.